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Unbeaten Streak at 8 as OKC Draws with Saint Louis FC

By George Darkow, 07/30/16, 10:15PM CDT


Cody Laurendi records fifth shutout in last six games

ST. LOUIS — Goal keeper Cody Laurendi stopped three shots to help OKC Energy FC earn a scoreless draw with Saint Louis FC and extend the club's current unbeaten streak to eight games Saturday night at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. 

For the fifth time in the last six games, Laurendi didn't allow a single goal, stopping chances by the USL's third-leading scorer Irvin Herrera in the early going and fending off a late Saint Louis FC surge late in the match. 

In the eighth minute, Laurendi made a pair of saves to preserve the scoreless games. Off a Chad Bond corner kick, Saint Louis' Mitch Lurie fired a turnaround shot that Laurendi made a sliding save on. Moments later, a feed into the OKC box allowed Herrera a chance in close, but Laurendi once again denied Saint Louis the lead.

OKC's best chances came from Danni König. In the 11th minute, König took a shot from about 20 yards out that Saint Louis FC keeper Mark Pais made a diving stop on, and in the 68th minute, a cross into the box by Kyle Hyland left König alone in the box, but the 2015 USL MVP finalist's shot caromed off the cross bar. 

On the final play of the game, an OKC corner kick by Luis Martinez landed in front of König, a yard from the Saint Louis goal, but again his shot raised over the crossbar, ending the match in a draw.

Pais finished the match with five saves for Saint Louis FC.

Saint Louis FC had a number of chances in the second half, with Mike Ambersley rolling a pair of shots wide of the OKC net and Jordan Roberts missing another. 

Energy FC and Saint Louis FC have now played three total matches in USL history, with each ending in a draw. 

OKC's next returns home for a 7:30 p.m. CST start on Tuesday, Aug. 2, against 2014 USL champions, Sacramento Republic FC.